Crews scaling back in search for missing 11-year-old

WICHITA, Kans. (KSNW) — Fire rescue crews were back out Tuesday looking for Devon Dean Cooley, the 11-year-old that went missing after falling into a swollen and fast-moving Gypsum Creek Friday.

While the rain has stopped for today, Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell told KSN the water has risen about 1 to 2 feet as of this morning. More rain is predicted for later today, making search efforts more difficult.

Blackwell told KSN Tuesday afternoon that “After evaluating the current situation involving the creek, and in anticipation of continued rains this afternoon, we’re going to scale back our water operations.”

Blackwell explained that divers are working with zero visibility in a swollen creek and even though water operations are being scaled back, crews would remain on the scene walking the banks of the creek.


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